Ticks are more common in woodland and long grasses and most likely to be seen between Spring and Autumn. However, they are around all year long so be aware.
A Tick looks like a little spiders, they are small parasites who will suck blood from other animals. They have eight legs with an egg-shaped body, which will become larger and darker when filled with blood. Ticks will feed from your dog by biting them possibly for up to a few days and then will drop off.
If your dog does have ticks you need to be aware that there bites can carry diseases so it's very important to remove them straight away. Be careful when removing a tick, make sure not to squeeze the tick’s body or leave the head in. To help, you can buy a tick removal tool which can be purchased from your vets or from Pet Shops.
If you're unsure how to remove a tick, please speak to your vet first. Don't try to burn them off or use lotion, as this will not stop the possibility of your dog getting bacterial infections like Lyme disease.
Lyme disease can be treated If caught early enough with antibiotics. Seek advice from your vet if you believe your dog has been infected by ticks.
We would advise that you stop ticks from biting your pet by using a tick treatment. There are a few different treatments available. Please speak to your vet to understand the best treatment for your dog.
By Lisa Beale